Alexis Sanchez’s transfer to Manchester United was 75 percent completed as of Monday night despite late interest from Chelsea as Manchester City pulled out of the race.
Manchester United are willing to pay the £35m asking price but Arsenal now want £30m plus Henrikh Mkhitaryan for Sanchez – and that’s where the clubs are differing on the deal.
Arsenal wanted Anthony Martial as part of the deal to lure Sanchez away but it was rejected out of hand.
United are willing to pay Sanchez the £400,000-a-week his is asking for in a deal which would cost the club £100m in total for the 29-year-old who has six months remaining on his contract.
This is £60,000-a-week more than what Manchester City was offering, although Pep Guardiola’s side were only willing to pay £20m and backed out of the deal once they realized how much it would cost them in total.
Chelsea made a late swoop on Monday night as the club contacted the Chilean’s representatives to ask about his demands and are willing to capitalize on and breakdown between the three parties.
Mourinho said he would like the transfer window closed on Tuesday, suggesting the deal could be done as early as today, although there is a chance it could drag on until later in the week.
Sanchez will take the vacant No 7 shirt at Old Trafford when he joins as Mourinho looks to find a system to fit him in without disrupting the progress of the likes of Martial and Marcus Rashford.
Speaking on the transfer following the 3-0 win over Stoke, Mourinho said: “Not confident but also not, what is the opposite? Unconfident. Just relaxed.
“I think him, Mr. Wenger, Mr. Gazidis, they are the ones who know what is going to happen. I don’t know anything about it and I don’t have one single information, so let’s see what happens.”
Arsene Wenger always said he would not let Sanchez leave until there was a replacement lined up.
Source: Manchester Evening